Making every day Memorial Day was the common theme for speakers at commemoration events on Monday.
“Every day we remember their honor, their valor, their deeds,” said Queensbury Supervisor John Strough at the 20201 Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.
The event, which is organized by Queensbury and Glens Falls, was supposed to be a parade, but it was canceled for the second consecutive year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Warren County Supreme Court Judge Robert Muller, who was the keynote speaker, read off the names of some local men who died in combat.
“We have not been tasked with making the extreme sacrifice that they did, but we can always offer support,” he said.
The list included Cpl. Benjamin Osborn, of Lake George, who was killed in 2010 in Afghanistan, and South Glens Falls native Pfc. Nathan Brown, who died in 2004 when his unit was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq.
“A nation that can produce such wonderful men as these is a force for good,” Muller said.
State Sen. Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, said it was nice to see people’s mouths and noses, as most attendees were unmasked. He was thankful for that, but also thankful for the sacrifices that local servicemen and servicewomen and their families have made.